PlayStation Plus gave you $1,349 in 'free' games this year

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It won't surprise you to hear that your PlayStation Plus subscription provides a healthy amount of gaming goodness for $50 per year, but have you ever crunched the numbers to see just how much you're getting? Push Square has. According to its calculations, Sony offered Plus subscribers a whopping $1,349 (£960 in the UK) in PS3, PS4 and PS Vita software during 2014. If you were diligent enough to add every title to your library, you got quite a bargain -- especially since many of the titles (such as Don't Starve and Dust: An Elysian Tail) would easily be worthwhile as stand-alone purchases.

Of course, Sony didn't hand out those games purely out of generosity. It did some hard math, too. It's safe to say that few gamers claimed every single title, and you have to remain a Plus member to keep those offerings in your collection. They're not really freebies, then. Also, while Microsoft "only" gave out $585 in Xbox games throughout the year, it both has one less platform to support and lets you keep your games even if your Xbox Live Gold subscription lapses. Nonetheless, it's clear that Sony is willing to outspend Microsoft in giveaways if that means winning you over -- and until very recently, that strategy has usually paid off.